The Butterfly Circus:
“The Greater the Struggle, the More Glorious the Triumph”
The story in the film is placed in USA during the 1930s, a time era also known as “the Great Depression”. It’s called “The Great Depression” since the value of money dropped very rapidly, leading to the banking system crashing. This meant that a lot of people lost all of their money, they lost their jobs and they lost their houses. No one had money and no one was making any money.
To make things even worse, the weather was so dry that farmers couldn’t grow enough food even to feed their own families, so they had very little to sell to others. People were starving and many had to leave their homes to find jobs and food elsewhere. Times were rough.
The film is called ”The Butterfly Circus”. Think of the lifespan of a butterfly. How it goes from egg to caterpillar to pupa to a beautiful free flying butterfly. How does the lifespan of a butterfly connect with the name of the circus, you think? What are you expecting to see in the film?
After watching/ comprehension:
How would you describe these characters:
Rubber man, Strong man, Queen of the Air, Boy, Mr. Mendez, Limbless man
In groups or pairs, make columns on paper and write down adjectives that would describe these characters both on the outside and on the inside. What do they look like and how are they as people? Compare your findings with another pair or another group.
Now – Practice film analyses